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Youth group wins with Duck Race

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LUMBERTON — The Lumber River turned all colors of the rainbow on Saturday when more than 400 plastic ducks were dumped into the water to raise money for the Robeson County Boys and Girls Club.A crowd of about 100 people lined the riverbank at Stephens Park, many of them having paid $25 a duck to be eligible to win up to $2,000 in cash, to cheer the ducks along the 100 yards from the start of the race to its finish.The race, which began at noon, ended within 10 minutes, with duck number 452 riding the current to the finish line first.


Red Springs man injured during drive-by shooting

RED SPRINGS — A Red Springs man is recovering after being shot outside of a residence on Sunday morning.Justin Johnson, 29, was struck in the left side of his chest during a drive-by shooting that took place at about 11:50 a.m. at 123 Haywood St., according to Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson. The chief said Johnson suffered injuries to a lung and his spleen.“He was at the residence when someone came through and started shooting,” Patterson sai...

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THEFTSPete Monteiro reported Friday that someone broke into Downright Customs on North Chestnut Street in Lumberton, causing $500 in damage to the door and window, and stole a leather Suzuki coat valued at $500, according to a police report.Brandon Edwards, of Beviah Church Road, Lumberton, reported Friday that someone took his wallet containing $15 in cash, his drivers license, Social Security card and debit card from an unlocked locker, according to a ...

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Duke to purchase agency’s assets

RALEIGH — North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency and Duke Energy Progress announced this morning that they have approved an agreement for Duke to purchase the power agency’s generating assets.The $1.2 billion transaction is expected to lower wholesale electric rates for customers in Red Springs, Lumberton and 30 other municipalities in eastern North Carolina.“The first stage of the asset sale has been accomplished,” Red Springs Mayor John M...

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Former Braves Cox, Glavine and Maddux inducted into Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats.Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Torre and La Russa were inducted into the baseball shrine Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000.

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Big third inning propels Braves to win

ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Minor is working to correct flaws in his mechanics that were discovered when he looked at this year’s results and matched them up to tape from his strong 2013 season.Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he was enthused with the early results.Minor gave up three runs, Chris Johnson and Ryan Doumit each drove in two runs during Atlanta’s six-run third inning and the Braves beat Eric Stults and the San Diego Padres 8-3 on Sunday....

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The truth about the unemployment rate

RALEIGH — Several readers have corresponded with me recently about my series of columns on North Carolina’s recent drop in unemployment. Why, they ask, am I devoting so much of my attention to this issue?There are two reasons. First, the performance of North Carolina’s labor market over the past year is of great importance. The economy is the No. 1 concern of most North Carolinians, be they regular voters or political bystanders.

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McGirt closes strong, climbs FedEx Cup list

LE BIZARD, Quebec — Fairmont native William McGirt didn’t repeat his performances in the RBC Canadian Open from the last two years, but he did manage a 4-under-par 66 on Sunday to vault up the leaderboard and strengthen his position going into the FedEx Cup playoffs.McGirt, who finished second in the Canadian Open in 2012 and 2013, birdied three of his final four holes on Sunday to finish in a tie for 25th place at six under par while winning $45,457.50. He als garnered...

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Rocking for Mira Reid

FAYETTEVILLE — It is happening so fast.While the month of February may feel like a distant memory to most, for the parents of 2-year-old Mira Reid Jones, February feels like the beginning to one of the longest and most painful days of their lives, and the two say they haven’t yet had a moment to process it.“Everything has just been flying by,” said Mira’s father, Lumberton-based musician Jesse Jones. “ … For me, I am still in the...

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McPherson to offer book signing

The community is invited to a book signing featuring Roosevelt McPherson on Saturday. The signing will be held from 9 a.m. until noon in the McLean Room at the Lumberton Library. McPherson will discuss his new book, titled “Sunni Triangle,” detailing his day-to-day experiences in Iraq during a 10-month tour of duty in 2004 with the North Carolina Army National Guard and the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, the infamous Big Red One.In “Sunni Triangle,”...

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Weddings for July 27

Grice - GoostreeRobyn Danielle Grice and Scott Allen Goostree were united in marriage at 7 p.m. on June 20, 2014, at Dunes West Golf and River Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Pastor Greg Mason officiated the wedding and music was provided by Bill West.The bride is the daughter of Robert and Ann Grice of Lumberton. She attended Lumberton High School, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Duke University. She works as a family nurse practitioner...

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Engagements for July 27

Hunt - CarterJacqueline Hunt, of Lumberton, and Hensley Norton, of Elberton, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Sonny L. Hunt, to Jimmy W. Carter, the son of William and Katrina Carter of St. Pauls.Hunt attended Lumberton Senior High School, Robeson Community College and Fayetteville State University. She works for Southeastern Regional Medical Center.Carter attended Lumberton Senior High School and works for Spartan Nash Co....

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Civic Center to hold auditions for Christmas Show

LUMBERTON — The dog days of summer may be upon us, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Carolina Civic Center.The center will hold auditions for its third annual production of “A Robeson County Christmas Show” at 10 a.m. on Aug. 9.The show is directed by Kendrix Singletary, the theater’s resident artist, and is done in the style of a holiday music revue.There are openings on the cast for three female and three ma...

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Burton celebrates 100th birthday

Contributed photo | Elizabeth Taylor Burton celebrated her 100th birthday on July 23. Burton was born in 1914 and was raised in the Stagville Cameron Grove community of Durham County. Her daughter is Assistant District Attorney Vanessa Burton, who serenaded her mother with a rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings” during her birthday party. Burton received birthday greetings from President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle, and The Today Show’s Willard Scott.

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Roadwork to close stretch of N.C. 71

MAXTON — The state Department of Transportation has postponed Monday’s closing of a portion of N.C. 71 between Maxton and Red Springs until later in the week.DOT officials were set to reroute traffic beginning on Monday to widen a concrete culvert near Gum Swamp about three miles from the Wakulla community.But the work has been delayed so DOT officials can figure out how to move water and power lines near the culvert.“We plan to all meet out ...

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Working across the aisle yields successes

As your representative, it’s a priority of mine to build relationships across the aisle and find pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our nation. Now — more than ever — our families, our students, our workers and our veterans need real solutions. You deserve solutions to help create jobs, build a healthy economy, provide more opportunity and ensure access to quality health care. I’ve had a busy week in Congress, and we have made good progress to pass bipartisan s...

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‘Man of the hour’

It’s been said that if you put two infants in a crib that they will get along fine. Add a third, however, and chaos is assured.That was the challenge in Robeson County in the last 1960s and early 1970s when word came from Washington, D.C., that the nation’s public schools must be desegregated, which could only be achieved by massive busing as this nation’s homes were clustered by color.It was an explosive time across the country, especially in the Jim C...

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Recycling proposed for schools

LUMBERTON — The Public Schools of Robeson County could save as much as $100,000 a year in waste disposal costs if a pilot recycling program administered by the county’s Department of Solid Waste gets the go-ahead from school officials.Steve Edge, the county’s Solid Waste director, said that he has not yet discussed the proposal with school officials, but plans to do so shortly.

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